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Defy the Sun


In this sequel to Beware the Night, Veda is captured and leveraged against her best friend.

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Swoon Index

  • Heat

    5 (2 ratings)

  • Tears

    5 (1 rating)

  • Laughs

    6 (1 rating)

  • Thrills

    6 (1 rating)

Full Description

Civil war has come to the island of Bellona. Veda Adeline believes in the Night. She’s joined the underground revolutionaries, led by Dorian Winters, and they're determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for her people.

Nico Denali, Veda’s childhood friend and maybe-something-more, is one of those ruling Imperi, and he’s just been named heir to the most powerful man above ground.

As the war intensifies, Veda and Nico are leveraged against each other: Veda is above as a hostage of the Imperi and Nico is below, taken by the Night. There's no way Dorian is letting such a valuable hostage go.

The island will burn unless Veda and Nico can come together to rip everything apart. But Nico and Dorian will never trust each other, and Veda's heart might be the biggest casualty.


It’s been minutes.


A day maybe.

Since I lay at the foot of the Coliseum altar, as all the world crumbled down around me.

Everything hurts.

My eyes are swollen.

My jaw is on fire.

My body broken.

My heart? It’s not much more than a shell of something resembling a heart at this point. I do know it continues to beat because everything has its own throbbing pulse. Each thump pains me more than the one before.

My mind? A blur. Strange snippets of memories and nightmarish images haunt me day and night. I can’t begin to pull reality from fantasy from dream.

All of that and the best I can do—the only thing keeping me sane—is run my tongue along the jagged tooth in my mouth. The one Arlen cracked with his boot.

It’s sharp. Pricks my tongue with the point of a thorn. Draws a bit of blood.

It’s a different sort of pain than the throbbing. It’s the kind that stings up into my ears and reminds me I’m alive.

I’m alive.


"A riveting and satisfying conclusion to a two-volume set, with a timely message: teens realize they can’t rely on adults to fix the problems in society, but must do it themselves." —School Library Journal

"When the first book in the series ends ... readers can’t help but ache for this second outing. Fleck’s writing remains lovely and poetic, with rich detail." —Booklist

Beware the Night:

"The first in a series, this fantasy adventure is quickly paced with surprises at every turn and an ending that will leave teens breathless and awaiting more. Fleck has crafted a fully realized world complete with its own history and mythology to immerse her readers. Finely tuned and masterfully written, this is a must-purchase for all fantasy shelves." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Newcomer Fleck has an atmospheric style, noting little details in every passage. Veda is a scrappy heroine, seemingly forever caught between extremes." —Booklist

"A fun fantasy read that left me wanting more. . . I was hooked from the first page!" —Haunted By Books